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Scott Rushing
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winter practice

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So what do you guys work on during the winter days?    Anything?     

If I'm stuck inside, I have high ceilings so I can swing a club.  Usually try to putt on the carpet...working on stroke.  Plan to work with a mirror and work on my grip/wrist.  If I can, I'd love to work on firing my hips more to get a little more swing speed. 

DON
I usually just work on

I usually just work on hitting balls off a tee to get my swing as repeatable as I can during the winter months. If I can hit good solid shots off a tee with all of my clubs I'm happy with my swing. Other than that I work on getting the proper swing sequience so my swing speed is as high as I can get it for max distance with all of my clubs. Smooth swings where I hit the ball solid and it feels like I'm hitting a marshmellow is what I'm looking for. I've found over the years that when I make a nice smooth swing my swing speed is high and my ball striking is clean and crisp which gives me good distance and direction control. 

Don

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Aimee
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at the gym I probably make sure I focus more on keeping the back and shoulders loose since I don't get the swing time in. I have a high ceiling in the den but honestly never felt like swinging indoors. I probably should just use an iron and swing 10 to 3 to work on shoulder and hip alignment.

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DON
Monday I went to the renge to

Monday I went to the renge to hit balls and test a new Laser Range Finder. When I started hitting balls with a Gap wedge, I hit a few FAT, which is never a good sign for me. It means that I have my weight too far forward at setup. So after a few fat shots I started to make sure I had my weight balance behind the ball of my feet, and NOT on my toes. This was all it took to end the fat shots. After that I started to work on taking my arms back to start my back swing, and NOT turn my hips for as long as I could. That caused me to get a good upper body turn with a minimum of a hip turn. The result of this was that my swing speed went up on every shot when I did this. I also made a point of pressing my knees together a little, like I had a beach ball between my knees and I didn't wnat to let it fall to the ground. This helps to keep my hips steady and not turn too soon in my back swing. Again, this helps me to increase my swing speed. and hut solid shots at the same time. These are the Little Things that I have to do to hit really good shots, And it's these things that I Forget to do when I don't think about them. When I remember to do the little things like these fewe things, I end up hitting some pretty good shots with good power. When I forget to do them, nothing goes very well. 

As for my swing speed, and the Swing Oil testing, I took the Swing Oil before I went to the range, and again I had some of my highest swing speeds ever. I got my 4 iron up to a high of 103 and 105 Monday, which is really good for me. As for the Laser Range Finder, I tested it on the flags on the five greens they have on the driving range. Distances vary from 100 yards out to 257 yards for the farthest flag. I was NOT able to test the laser on a flag past that as it was the fartherst flag I found at the range, But I was able to test the laser of some building well past the end of the range, Farthest building I could see was measured to be at 895 yards. So it would appear that the company claim that this TEc Tec Tec VPRODLX 1K range finder to be good out to 1000 yards is accurate. NOT sure if I could get a reading to a flag at that distance, as I was testing it on a building not a flag. but lets' be honest, where are we going to find a golf course with a hole that is longer than maybe 600 yards or so. So as far as I can tell from my testing, this Laser range finder is good for any hole you or I am likely to ever play. Bottom line is that I had ZERO problems getting FAST and easy reading out to 260 yards to the flag on the range, and that's excellent performance for any range finder. I'm happy to sey it's found a home in my golf bag for next season and beyond. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Well, playing around with -

Well, playing around with - struggling with? - my driver swing mechanics over the last few rounds.  Not easy to do given all the clothing I have to wear in the cold.  Anyway, I think I'm getting my wrist in a better position at the top of the swing, keeping the club on plane.  Before my left wrist would 'break' a bit and the club would get off plane and point right of my target and target line.   That was leading to inconsistency because you never knew where the club head would be exactly - or pointing too.  So through video I could see that. 

So i think i'm making progress there but now I'm trying to work on the start of the down swing (to fix my over the top move).   if I'm on 'auto-pilot' and just swing, I come over the top at the start.  So i really have to work on it to initiate my downswing without doing that.  What usually happens then is .. so focused on that, I don't get the proper weight shift.  Ha, funny, how hard this damn game is.

Anyway, working on that drill where you shift your weight to the right leg and lift up your left leg off the ground and then start the downswing with the left foot coming down to force your weight shift.   I was surprised how well that drill worked.   its a little awkward but I hit some solid shots and the timing and all wasn't crazy to get right.  Anyway, may stick with that drill to work on the weight shift and see how it goes. 

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DON
Time to practice again

Spring is not too far away so it's tiem to get back out to the range to practice again. One other reason to get some range time in is that I working on getting a shaft fitting for the new TPT series of driver shafts that will be available in a few weeks. This is the low torque version of the shafts and it's won FIVE times on tour already in a short period of time. The shafts are selling for $499.00 each so I don't want to have a fitting until I get in some range time with my current driver so I'm swinging at or near my best. You can buy the Mid Torque version of the shaft now at one of the company's fitting locations. and the newer LT version in a few weeks or so. I'll be getting my fitting with the Denver branch of Club Champion golf. It will be interesting to see what we come up with and how it compares to what I'm now playing in my driver. I'll let you know more when the fitting have been done and I know more. 

Don

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Aimee
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would be nice to have weather conducive to practice. Not looking good for this weekend...at one point it was supposed to be warm but as the days pass, the forcasted temps are dropping below 50 for Sat/Sun.

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scomac
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It has been pretty miserable

It has been pretty miserable here since the beginning of the month.  Today we had on and off snow flurries with near zero visibility at times.

I've decided to effectively put off any practice until the weather improves at least temperature wise.  I'm thinking of the 50's without wind in order that I might be able to get loosened up effectively and not risk jamming up my back as it has been out of sorts this week.

I had thought that end of march might have been possible for a start to the golf season this year based on the mild second half of February we had, but that's beginning to look out of reach at this point as nothing is close to starting to green up.

DON
Mid to high 60's for today

Mid to high 60's for today and Thursday. so practice session is looking good for here in the Denver area. One of the main reasons I moved to the Denver area back in 1972 was that I like the weather here a lot more than what I had back in New York. Any time it's over 40 or so and the sun is out, is great weather for golf. With the thin air we have here, the heat of the sun is a lot more intense, so 40 degrees feels more like 55 as long as it's not windy. Dry air helps with this as well. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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It's at least staying

It's at least staying daylight longer now so if the weather cooperates, we can start to get some practice in.  Still having knee pains in the right knee.  Hoping it heals up but it's been painful for a couple weeks now.  I have a physical coming up in early April so if it's not better by then I'll get it checked out.

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DON
Good luck with the knee pain

Good luck with the knee pain and get well so you can get back out there and play some golf. In the mean time you can always work on your short game, especially your putting. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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All I kept thinking when I was shoveling was that I had to make sure I didn't injure myself for upcoming golf season! I actually think the snow shoveling is pretty good exercise for golf (the lateral rotation, throwing movement). At least I got some benefit from my discomfort. That's what I'm telling myself.

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Scott Rushing
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We may be getting more snow

We may be getting more snow tomorrow...grrrrrrr.  So I might be able to get some in as well Aimee.  IF we could get some warmer dry non-windy days i'd like to get out and practice.  Maybe next week.  I'm supposed to go to Myrtle in 2 weeks..I hope I can hit some balls before then.

 

 

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scomac
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I'm glad that we're not

I'm glad that we're not getting the snow.  I've had about enough of that stuff for one year.  Still it doesn't feel much like spring with the thermometer still stuck in the 20's as I type this morning.  It's a very strange weather pattern that we're experiencing right now.  It feels as though I'm stuck in the high northern plains somewhere being cold and dry as it is.  Never been to Montana, but this might be what the weather is like this time of year...

DON
Forecast calls for a high

Forecast calls for a high around 65 or so by Friday, so that might be a good time to get back out there and work on my rustly swing at the range. If the wind will cooperate, it should be a good for Friday I think. Wich me luck with both the weather and my swing, It's been a few months. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
II got out to the range today

II got out to the range today to hit some balls to get ready for my fitting for a new driver shaft on Wednesday. I will be going back out Tuesday to hit some more balls and try to get my swing and swing speed back in shape. I'd really like to have my swing working well when I get my fitting to make the most of the shaft fitting. Today my swing was okay, but not where I'd like it for the fitting. Tomorrow should halp a  lot as it will be two days in a row, and that usually helps a lot especilly when I have not been hitting balls much for awhile. I'll let you know how the shaft fitting goes when it's over and I know what shaft they recommend. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
My SPEED is GONE

I went back out to the range on Tuesday and again I was NOT getting any clubhead speed with my driver. I was having a hard time getting much over 90 MPH with the driver, with a lot of swings around 88 at best. NOT what I was looking for nor what I'm used to. Most of the time I can get it up to a little over 100, but not on Tuesday.

Went to my driver fitting for a new TPT shaft, and again my speed was off. On the Trackman I was even slower than what I was getting from the Swing Speed Radar unit. During the Trackman session I only average 85 MPH, which was about 5 MPH less than what my SSR unit was showing. I had it set up while I was hitting balls so I could compare the results of a $150 SSR to the $30,000 plus Trackman system. Not sure what to make of the test results from the shaft testing as my swing speed was so far below my normal speed. WHY my speed is so slow right now is a mystery that I hope to solve before too long, and it's driving me crazy, no pun intended. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.